by Tim Walker, this article originally appeared on NEAToday.org
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Research has consistently shown that schools with strong, inclusive policies for lesbian gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) youth create safer learning environments. Designing and implementing effective anti-bullying policies are obviously key to this effort, but, according to the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), most school districts have been falling short.
In the new report, Statehouse to Schoolhouse: Anti-Bullying Policy Efforts in U.S. States and School Districts, GLSEN examined anti-bulling policies in more than 13, 000 districts and found that the vast majority do not have policies that explicitly protect LGBT students.
“The report illustrates the gap that can emerge between the intentions of a law and the actual implementation – arguably the most critical component of the passage of any law,” explains GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard. “There remain far too many school districts that have failed to institute policy protections, even in states which require them by law.”
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